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BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem again defended the state's participation in lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, Aug. 14. In a letter to state Rep. Corey Mock and state Sen. Joan Heckaman, the Democratic minority leaders in their respective chambers, Stenehjem said it's his duty to "support and defend the constitution." He said Congress has repealed the tax penalties for individuals who don't buy health insurance, meaning the "remaining constitutional support for the law is now gone."
BISMARCK — The U.S. Travel Association has named North Dakota's Sara Otte Coleman as its state tourism director of the year, the organization announced Monday, Aug. 13. The association cited a 35 percent jump in tourism-related employment in North Dakota under her direction. It also noted the promotional campaign featuring Hollywood actor and North Dakota native Josh Duhamel.
FARGO—Three people who were in a canoe or kayak capsized in the Red River near the shore and were able to safely get back into the vessel and continue their paddle, public safety officials said. The mishap occurred the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 12, near the Main Avenue bridge between Fargo and Moorhead. Fargo firefighters responded to a 911 call. "They were already gone upon arrival," said Battalion Chief Jason Ness of the Fargo Fire Department. "They just kept going."
BISMARCK — North Dakota voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution this fall with language aimed at ensuring only U.S. citizens can vote in elections here, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Aug. 10. A group led by former state Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth, who's running for the state Senate in Bismarck this year, submitted 35,637 signatures last month, well above the 26,904 necessary to get a constitutional measure on the ballot. Jaeger's office said Friday 32,786 signatures were verified.
BISMARCK — Attorneys for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this week the agency will need more time to review information from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline before completing an environmental study. In a status report filed in the U.S. District Court in North Dakota, the Corps said it has "almost completed its evaluation" but now expects to issue a decision by the end of the month. It had previously expected to complete the process by Friday, Aug. 10.
BISMARCK — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit North Dakota next week to tour a coal mine and an adjacent power plant, Republican members of the state's congressional delegation said Thursday, Aug. 9. Perry, a former Texas governor who was tapped to lead the Department of Energy last year, will tour North American Coal's Falkirk Mine near Underwood, N.D., on Aug. 13 before examining Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station next door. Coal Creek is the largest power plant in the state.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's fall duck flight is expected to be up 12 percent from last year, based on observations from the annual mid-July waterfowl production survey, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department reported Monday, Aug. 6. This year's duck brood index was up 37 percent from last year and showed 5.11 broods per square mile, an increase of 39 percent. Average brood size is unchanged at 6.76 ducklings per brood.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health is reminding parents to get their children up-to-date with school-required immunizations before school begins. Immunization requirements in North Dakota have changed with the 2018-2019 school year. Two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) will be required for students entering grades 11 and 12 this fall. According to the NDDoH, as of July 1 only 40 percent of North Dakota 16 and 17-year-olds have had the second dose of MCV4. This leaves a lot of students still unprotected.
GRAND FORKS -- A missing toddler from Grand Forks believed to have been abducted by her mother Thursday afternoon, Aug. 2, has been found safe.
BISMARCK – The Assyrian Muslim Cemetery near Ross in northwestern North Dakota has been listed on National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery is the site of the first mosque in the nation and was the only Muslim cemetery in the state for 90 years, the North Dakota State Historical Society said in its news release Wednesday, Aug. 1. The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition.